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going? it is spring break, a lot of tourists. >> the hotels have the plan in place. and because they have the time, that's the huge issue. they have the time to put it -- even if there is a bit of a chaotic situation they have the time to get people up the floors. they have time to go through their hotels and call the extra security in. i can guarantee you that the hotels, all staff, all hands on deck. people in management will do -- they're closely monitoring the situation. also they follow that up with keep our dear friend in japan in your thoughts and prayers. that is the u.s. military in hawaii. we work closely with them on a number of stories. they put those thoughts and
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prayers out to close allies in japan, you can guarantee a plan is being put in place to help with search and rescue and support of any type. the good news is all of our elements, installations and men and women are accounted for in japan, which means they can go forward and be very aggressive in helping our allies as they deal with this horrible tragedy. god forbid they have to help us too depending on what happens in hawaii or the west coast in the u.s. >> it is a minute past the top of the hour, probably time to update folks who are tuning in. a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast of japan sweeping away cars, homes and people. widespread fires are burning along the coastline. there's a report that at least 17 or dead, but surely that number will go up and it will go up
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considerably, shaourg into the hundreds. the magnitude 8.9 quake was followed by at least 19 after shocks, most of them magnitude 6.0. dozens of cities and villages along the roughly 1-rbg 300 mile stretch along the country's shore were shaken. closer to home, a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire pacific including areas as far away as south america, the entire u.s. west coast -- made official moments ago. the entire west coast, canada, alaska is now under a tsunami warning. what does that mean? it means the imminent threat of a tsunami striking. in fact, for hawaii it would be a at 2:59 hawaiian time, 4:59 pacific time and
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the west coast there after. a news agency is reporting major damages in broad areas across japan, even for a country that is accustomed to earthquakes, this one was horrific. large fishing boats and other sea vessels were able to ride the waves into the city slamming against overpasses. waves of muddy water. we've been showing you the pictures. it maybe the first time you've been able to see something like this. sweeping over entire cities. one city has been absolutely destroyed. we're keeping a close eye on what is expected in hawaii as well as california, oregon, washington, alaska and of course our neighbor in canada. >> we are talking about pretty much the entire pacific basin under these watches and warnings. mexico to alaska, the
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philippines and mariana. pretty much everything you can imagine in the pacific is watching this closely especially in hawaii. we've had adam on. are you still this? we've been talking about the evacuation and people being told to get to higher ground. as you look at these pictures out of japan, you can only serving to bolster the seriousness of thisant to get people to heed the warnings. emergency management department is telling people to stay at least 50 feet away from waterways. people seem to be heeding the warnings. >> i've been getting messages from friends. i haven't been able to call. they can text me and send me messages on twitter, friends that i know in hawaii. guys have been local there for a long time, not just on vacation.
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these people have lived in hawaii, know hawaii, and they're grabbing their stuff and going to higher ground. i know it's happening on maui, i suspect it's happening in oahu. that is taking place as we speak. the good news is i've had a number of viewers send me tweets and e-mailing me asking me to check in on naval forces. we have a lot of navy in and around japan. to reiterate what i said, all service personnel i'm told have been accounted for and there have been no injuries and no damages -- no damage has been done to u.s. installations, which is great news for everybody involved. they'll be able to help out quickly. that's fantastic news. also i've been told that airports in hawaii are being shut down. that's the precaution. orange county beach in
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california, piers are being closed. the tsunami warning continues. i'm being told it looks like the tsunami in and around okinawa. we're trying to monitor all these thing at the same time. the information is coming fast and furious. >> thanks very much. >> i just got the message, hawaii schools are open for those evacuating. if you're on the island of kuaui. schools not along the coast are being opened up. go to one of the schools. it will be open. >> adam powell, great reporting throughout the night. the earthquake struck just off the coast of japan creating an enormous tsunami that has killed people and devastated the coastal area of japan. it has also created a tsunami threat for the united states and the first
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to potentially be hit would be the hawaiian islands. tsunami warnings are now issued for all of california, oregon and alaska and of course the hawaiian island. stay with our coverage. fox and friend begins now. >> good morning. it's friday, march 11, 2011. we start with a fox new alert. a deadly and devastating 8.9 earthquake rocked japan overnight. the earthquake triggered a tsunami near tokyo. right now the entire pacific ocean region is under a tsunami warning including the entire west coast of the united states. the biggest worry now is for hawaii. this is stunning video of the tsunami that hit japan overnight. a 13-foot wall of muddy water sweeping away cars, homes, you name it. gone. at least 17 people are confirmed dead.
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these pictures are amazing. it's like out of a movie. that death toll number is getting bigger by the moment. this video is from a news room. it shows the quake as it happened. look at that. this is the seventh largest earthquake ever recorded in world history. they are saying it is the largest in japan since records started in the 1800's. it sparked fires across japan including this one still burning at an oil refinery near tokyo. that's the kos mow oil refinery near tokyo, flaming shooting up at least 100 feet. flooding also a major problem in and around tokyo. the water sweeping away cars, moving ships. they look like toys. many people trapped in their homes. however, we just received word from the pentagon, all u.s. service members are safe and accounted for. can't say the same for the people of japan, not by a
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long shot. this struck just in the afternoon at 2:46. we're in the middle of rush hour in japan. you can't get anywhere without mass transportation. the trains have stopped. people are standing outside. some are beginning to walk home. you're seeing some of the devastating fires that are especially prevalent up and down the coast. >> as we look at this video -- and this is amazing video and it does look like out of a disaster movie, but this is real. you mentioned people on the trains. that is the number-one way people get around during rush hour. the trains stopped. passengers walked on the tracked. we understand there are thousands at this hour in the world's busiest station. they have gone there waiting for service to resume so that they can go home. we should point out that workers in the area of tokyo are being told that if you are at the office, stay at the office because there's a real good
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possibility of an after shock and they want to prevent injury. >> there's been a series of after shocks in that area. the prime minister of japan has been on television at least one time. one of the things he emphasized, help each other. the government will do everything they can to help out. so prepared in many cases are japan not only when you have the infrastructure, which many of these buildings are built on rollers so earthquake-ready. they have hard hats. they have hard hats in their building. they are ready for thing like this. in 1995 they got slammed by something similar to this. it was generally considered the government did not react well. here so far, a different story. >> the first waves are expected to impact the west coast of the united states at 10:00 eastern time. with us on the phone from the united states geological survey national earthquake center is seismologist harley bens.
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have you ever seen anything like this with the tsunami waves ripping through japan? >> they have a history with earthquakes that produce tsunamis but this is the largest that occurred in the last century. >> we have thee stories. the earthquake, the after shock and the tsunami. this is not only a worry of the people of japan. we're talking about hawaii, the west coast of the u.s. and 20 countries overall. describe the danger -- first how it happened and the danger it presents to all of these countries. >> you have this large shallow earthquake within these ocean basins just off japan, and they produced a large tsunami wave. these things will promulgate in the mid ocean at about 500 miles per hour. when they come towards shore, the hawaiian island, they will slow down and
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wave heights will build. low-lying areas of the hawaiian island, all the islands in the pacific basin, particularly low laying levels of susceptible to inundation. if you're in an area like hawaii you've really got to be worried. >> it will be one of the first islands hit. >> with a time do you estimate that? >> it's supposed to be about 3:00 in the morning hawaiian time. but the entire coast of alaska and the western, the west coast of the united states and canada and mexico are also under a tsunami warning. >> when you have a tsunami warning -- and we give that issue, we came in a couple of hours ago and it was a watch. now it is a warning. people listening right now on the west coast or any of these 20 countries, what do you recommend they do? >> i think they should follow standard evacuation
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procedure that are established in most of those states with regard to tsunamis. i think they should go to the pacific and alaska warning centers to look for information. all of their states will provide information at local communities particularly low-lying areas along the west coast. >> some of the video we have shows what steve referred to as almost a movie where you see the wave hitting and just overrunning land, taking houses with it. the land becomes the ocean and the ocean swallows the land. we understand some people say those waves are as high as 30 feet. you don't even need big waves to do damage. what do you say to that when people say the waves were that high? >> when they're that high and they come in with the force they do, they can go quite a ways inland particularly in low-lying areas. it's not just the near shore that can be impacted.
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it can stretch for a kilometer or a mile or more inland, depending on the topography. >> could you stay with us and hold on. we're going to go out to tokyo where one of the directors, an american-born now lives in japan. tom buyer in tokyo. tom joins us via skype. how are you? how is your family? >> good. luckily i was at home when it hit, which is kind of unusual. i had a meeting which canceled. i came home early. i've been living here for 25 years. we basically live year in with these tremors and earthquakes but we knew this was the big one coming when it hit. >> we understand there was a 7.3 magnitude in the area on wednesday. did you feel that at all? >> yes. it wasn't as bad. it was such a completely
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different level. this thing lasted so long, and then for about two or three hours we continued to have after shocks. >> tokyo, we understand, it's not in danger of being overrun by any water, but there is some things people have to keep in mind when it comes to tokyo. for example, nobody seems to be able to get around without mass transportation. it's around rush hour. as you go outside, what's happening? >> i've been watching the link to fox new through the internet. tokyo and chiba, plenty of fires burning all over the place. a gas supply facility is on fire. it's like something out of a movie. it's just like completely out of control. people are stranded everywhere. there's millions of people. i've got my wife's sister who's stranded. nobody knows where to go. >> nobody knows where to
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go. service is out in some spots, although you are crystal clear to us. are people tuned in to the tv? to the radio? >> there's limited access for cell phones using internet. actually i'm talking through my home tpoupb. but -- home phone. to call cell phone to cell phone is shut down. occasionally you can do messaging but that's the extent of it. e-mail, skype, everything's fine with that. >> when i hear this number 8.9 and i know it was lower, around 7 with hate haiti, i'm thing there is a dense population in japan. could things be worse. can you talk about how people prepare for thing like this? >> you never can be prepared when it hits. we talk about what do you do? open the doors, open the
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windows, go to the door ways to protect yourself. i thought i was pretty up on what to do and it kind of fall apart when this happens. we're in mass panic inside our house with the kid, just making sure the kid are safe. in the public schools, it was around 3:00 in the afternoon so most of the schools had been let out already. so that was good. it's, when it really hits, it hits. people train for this and then we realize we got the bicycle helmets for our kids and put them on their head but it's tough to figure out what to do when you're in that moment that it's happening. >> we understand tokyo, currently 4 million buildings -- 4 million buildings -- in the area with no electricity. you've got juice? >> yeah, we've got electric, gas, everything. in fact, my office is in tokyo, in the heart of it, in the ginsa area, which is
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like being down in manhattan. my staff, all my guys are stranded in the office. >> tom, director of a youth academy. tom, we'll check in with you in a little while. stay safe. keep us up to date on what's happening. give us the personal perspective on life in tokyo after this devastating earthquake. >> hawaii and other parts of the pacific are bracing to be hit by tsunami waves that have already hit japan. tsunami sirens were sounded in coastal areas being evacuated now in hawaii. schools are open for people who need somewhere to go right now. we're on the phone with the c.e.o. of the american red cross chapter in hawaii. >> hello. >> what can you tell us, cora lee? >> we are taking this tsunami threat very seriously. we had a practice last year where it didn't come to pass, but everyone listened
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and evacuated. we really respect the ocean and we've had tragedies before. we have about 60 refuge centers open at this time by the county civil defense agency through out the state. these are to provide a safe place outside the evacuation building for people to gather and have access to restrooms and drinking water. they are being instructed to bring their own supplies. the best thing is for people to go to a friend or family's house because they'll be more comfortable. even the people that are not in the ininundation zone, we're telling them to stay put and be prepared because if a tsunami does hit and there's major damage to the infrastructure, they'll need to be prepared because we might not have electricity or phones. >> how much more time do you have? what time do they expect the waves to hit if they are going to hit? >> supposed to be about 3:10 a.m.
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>> what time is it there now? >> 12:19. >> three hours from right now is when the geological survey is estimating tsunami waves could hit hawaii. you mentioned the inundation zone. what do you mean? you mean the beaches? you mean the beaches facing hawaii? what do you mean? >> there's certain maces where they know -- certain places where they know the waves will come. we're on island. it's on all islands and all the coastal areas. they have been evacuated. they have been told they had to leave. everyone here knows the drill. we just had the same drill last year. we're hoping that it will go smoothly. >> the other thing was you hear about sirens going off. do sirens go off when you have this much time until they hit? have they already been going off on the island? >> they have been going off
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every hour since 10:00. we've had it a couple of times. we get them, the state civil defense gets as much warning as possible. >> it is the middle of the night there right now. a lot of people are in their beds and have no idea what has happened. what sort of measures are being done along the coast in low-lying areas to make sure people know what could be coming? >> the sirens have gone off. they tested them again because some of the sirens didn't go off last time. people should have heard the sirens and then people who have relatives near there would have been calling. we've been on a watch since about 8:00 tonight. they wouldn't have been sleeping probably. i think that people have been warned. >> hang on for a second. i'm going to read a bulletin from the associated press. a utility company in northeastern japan reported a fire in a turbine building of a nuclear power
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plant after the earthquake. tahuku electric power said smoke was observed coming out of the building which is separate from the plant's reactor and the cost is under investigation. the company says there have been no reports of radioactive leaks or injuries. i believe this is the cosmo refinery which is near tokyo, where flames being observed by a news helicopter. leaping at least 100 feet into the sky. >> thank you for joining us. we have just under three hours to prepare in hawaii for a tsunami because the tsunami warning is in effect. >> joining us on the phone from bangkok, thailand is david piper. are you there right now? david piper? >> yes, i'm here. >> i know you were at the tsunami in 2004 and now
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there's a possibility of tsunami waves there in thailand once again. how are people preparing? >> this has been a warning in thailand but perhaps the countries more at risk are the philippines and indonesia in southeast asia. there are reports in taiwan that no tsunamis have been seen there. they expected if there was going to be any waves to hit taiwan by about now and also perhaps indonesia within the next hour or so. southeast asia is on high alert for the tsunami but so far in taiwan there hasn't been any, which is fortunate. >> the last tsunami, you lived through it, you covered it for us, 250,000 people lost their lives. we didn't know for a long time, even that number, they weren't nearly as developed a nation as japan. should our listeners and
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viewers now that the people of skwraepd are better prepared for -- people of japan are better prepared for it? >> i lived in japan and they are better prepared for it, earthquakes in particular. tsunamis are another thing. it doesn't matter if you are that prepared. there are early warning systems in japan. there are some in thaoeup land and indonesia but it depend where the tsunami, how quickly it hits the coastline. in sumatra when over 100,000 people died, it hit within 30 minutes. in japan it seems they had a warning between one and two hours. perhaps a lot of people may have been able to escape. >> i heard one of the other differences is we didn't have news helicopter photos of them. we're looking at some of the tsunami rollers rolling into northern portions of japan shortly ago. what's different about this, and you having lived in japan, you know as we
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just heard from our last caller, tom buyer, who lives in japan for over two decades, people get used to living along the ring of fire where there are earthquakes all the time. when you see a tsunami and some of the pictures we're showing this morning where it's going through residential areas, over marina barriers, into farmland it, looks like a bruce willis movie. it is unbelievable. >> it is amazing pictures. you always think of one big wave, but you could see wave after wave coming in, and already the land was inundated. there's been waves coming in before the helicopter got up. when you see the airport being hit by the tsunami as well, you can see the impact it's going to have on the japanese economy. i've hived in tokyo before and people are prepared, but this is a major quake.
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tokyo doesn't seem to have been affected as this 1,300 mile coastline but we're not getting the true story of what's being done on this coastline all the way up to the northern island of hakido, many towns have been hit hard. >> david piper, thank you very much. >> go to twitter.com/fox and friend. there's a lot of people from california up early this morning reporting what they're doing. watch for reports from some of our viewers in hawaii who are saying sirens continuing to go off. the word is go to higher ground. at least 29 people lost their lives in japan. that number is going to go higher. a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire u.s. west coast. the first wave is expected to hit the west coast at
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10:00 a.m. eastern time. let's go to adam live with us from los angeles. what is going on there? when i first heard your voice this morning we were talking about a tsunami watch. now it's a warning. what's the difference? >> what's interesting too, i remember this like it was yesterday when we went to the tsunami in southeast asia right after christmas, i remember talking to you guys on the way to the airport. at that time they were saying it might be 1,000 deaths. by the time i got to bangkok it was 8,000. it ended up being more than a quarter million. we don't know if it will be more haor -- here but 27 is a very small number. you had a guest earlier talking about the damage around tokyo. people are watching these tsunami pictures and you're lost for word to explain them. the 8.9 earthquake is the seventh largest in history
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and that's going to cause significant damage to infrastructure around the areas where there was no tsunami problem. that's one thing being watched. a lot of search and rescue teams leave california. they were in new zealand, haiti, i saw them at the southeast asian tsunami. i know orange county in southern california, which is where newport beach is, huntington beach, those beaches and piers will be closed about three hours before expected arrival here. 5:00 a.m. local time. i've been told in hawaii the civil, state civil defense ordered all coastal areas for the entire state evacuated no later than 2:00 a.m. local time. all beach hotels are being told to evacuate. they have a man in place. the sirens are there.
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they have had a couple of drills. in the last year we watched as that small tsunami came ashore and didn't do damage. people are taking this very seriously. i think the question is will significant damage be done in hawaii? will significant damage be done on the west coast? i think hawaii 1 more prepared to deal with this than northern california and oregon. you have a lot of people on the west coast who don't ever think about this. they watch pictures on tv but i wonder if the word is getting out to many of them that you're going to need to make sure, if you're in malibu, if you're in places like ventura and along the water, you need to get in your car, you need to get away. we know california traffic, for crying out loud. >> you make a good point. we understand from hearing for the woman from the red cross out in hawaii, in about 2 hours and 45
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minutes is when they're estimating it to hit hawaii. they are estimating waves are going to be about three feet at least when it hits the philippines. you mentioned something earlier and that was an important point. we we look at these pictures, we think look at that tsunami wave. but what prompted all these is this gigantic earthquake. this is a major earthquake. i don't know that we have covered an earthquake of this magnitude. it is 8.9 magnitude. it is the largest since records started in hawaii, and that's a country used to dealing with great big earthquakes. so far they have had 19 after shocks. all of them more than a magnitude 6. >> i felt earthquakes in los angeles, i covered haiti. i've been to a number of stories where an earthquake has happened. the los angeles earthquake was a 7. that's nothing compared to
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what they just felt in japan. another important point, i had a lot of viewers send tweets to me and also e-mails asking about our military members in and around japan. we've done several stories about that. there's a significant naval and military presence in and around japan, that whole region. we've been told by the pacific command out of hawaii that every single u.s. service member is accounted for and no u.s. facilities or equipment has been affected by the earthquake or tsunami. that's great news. not only for the families and those of us in the u.s. but because those men and women will be doing work, if they're not already right now, within hours. that's extremely important. >> adam, thanks a hot. now we're getting reports that the waves are 23 feet high. can you imagine a wave being 23 feet high that didn't stop?
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some of them in northern japan have been reported at 33 feet high. >> what we've also learned from tsunamis is the debris is what causes devastating effect as much as the water because you get hit with houses and cars and who knows anything else. the death toll is expected to rise as we brace at least 20 other nations for the tsunami to hit there, tsunami waves to hit there. we also understand the death toll, that number is brand-new. that number is now up to 32. >> hawaii is in peril. and right now hawaii is under a tsunami warning. not a watch. a warning. thousands of residents and hotel guests are being evacuated. right now courtney of the fox news channel happens to be on vacation on the island of oahu. good morning to you, courtney. >> that's right, you guys. i just arrived in the pacific tsunami warning center on the west side of
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the island. officials are about to give a press conference update, more information. but i was able to go inside and talk with someone and see their latest model, information they're getting from the pacific ocean. their latest estimates on the potential tsunami wave could be two meters, six feet above sea level. they are taking it very seriously. you just missed some of the sirens going off on our drive. everyone was pretty much heading the opposite direction. this area is kind of odd because they have a tsunami warning center in a not safe area. the people here are going to have to evacuate at some point as well, which is where we are. the gas stations, every single gas station you see anywhere is filled with cars. >> where are people going? up the mountains? >> yes. i was having dinner in what
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you key key when the first -- in wakiki when the first news of this came. we raced back home to my in-laws house. they are on the highest hill up on the island of oahu that you can go. already all of their friend were trying to come up to their houses, those that live in wakiki in the low areas. the phone lines have been very sketchy. when i got up to the house, my in-laws had already filled the bath tub. i just had a baby, so they ran to the store to get him formula. they're watching him now. everyone's taking this very seriously. we're all gathered out here waiting to see what the latest information is. the countdown is on. >> it is ironic that the tsunami warning center is not in a safe area so people have to evacuate. who's going to be monitoring?
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we understand you've got under three hours before the first tsunami waves, if they're going to hit, they're going to hit. the west coast is under tsunami warning. there is a tsunami watch in washington. washington's not considered -- excuse me. tsunami advisory. back to hawaii where we have a lot of people twaoegt us talking -- tweeting us talking about sirens going off and how people are leaving hotels and going to a different area. if you're not familiar, do you feel as though there's enough people out there to direct people to go in the right direction or are people just winging it? >> when i was at a restaurant and this all came about, i was in a hotel. the hotels were getting updates. at that point it had only been a watch. they were going to let everybody go to the 6 th-gt or 8th noor for further directions. fires, trucks, warnings were going out. people were in their cars
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trying to get gas, trying to go to higher elevations. a very popular area on the top of the hill in oahu was very crowded. lots of people trying to go up there and get safe and stock up on food and water. to give perspective to this, last year about this time when there was an earthquake, ironically i left hawaii that day of the tsunami. so it's kind of weird i'm here again for this one. at that point they were only expecting a wave up to one meter. again they're expecting this to be two meters. that didn't turn out to be much. we'll have to see if anything happens. i'm at the mace where they're monitoring all the buoys on the pacific ocean. they'll give us information when they know stuff. >> they're going to have a press conference very shortly. are you going to be standing by so you can
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relay the information to us? >> i will. our fox affiliate is here as well. i'm here for you. >> very good. before you go, once again, you said they are suggesting that the tsunami waves could be six feet high when they hit hawaii. are they giving a time, an estimated time of arrival there? >> i believe it's still 2:59 a.m. i'm on the southwest corner. they are not as concerned as if this happened in the southern pacific. obviously the waves will go around the whole island. >> thank you very much. stay close. we're getting a lot of tweets from people in japan. there is communication, the government is trying to tell everyone to stay calm and help each other out. the death toll in japan is
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rising by the minute. now the number is 32 people have been reported dead. japan is in full recovery mode as the country tries to deal with the 8.9 earthquake that struck overnight and at least ten after shocks. let's go to our news room. what have you been able to gather in the aftermath? >> this picture tells the story. it underscores the devastation and destruction. 32 people have been reported dead. that is low. it will go into the hundreds. i talked to a seismologist who said it will move into the thousands. it is still early. people are trapped beneath debris, buildings collapsed. other people were swept away by the tsunami. it sucks you out after it moves inland. this is being described as the largest earthquake in recorded history for japan and even for a country that
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is accustomed to such quakes, this one was of horrific proportions. it unleached a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars and buildings and tons of debris miles inland. large fishing boats and other vessels were sucked up into these high waves and they were slammed into the cities, overpasses and building. they were upturned and partially submerged. vehicles were bobbing upside down in the water. waves of muddy water swaoefpg over farm lands. one entire city was destroyed. i imagine as helicopters move north they're going to find other towns and villages destroyed. we have seen the airport inundated with cars, truck and buses, as it was hit hard by the tsunami.
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fires are spreading throughout various cities. there you see a power plant. i do want to say the nuclear power plants, according to the prime minister's office in japan, many of them shut down. there have been no radioactive leaks, they say. other power plants have erupted in fires, so you're going to have all kinds of power outages throughout japan. i do want to report for those americans who are very concerned about our service men and women, adam howsly was first to report. he is saying the pacific command is saying all personnel, every single one have been accounted for in various locations in japan. as for hawaii, the evacuation zone includes the famous wakiki beach, so you're talking about tens of thousands of people, the
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main hotel and tourist zone on the island of oahu. emergency management officials are urging residents to remain at least 100 feet away from waterways. the island of kuahua is expected to be hit first because the name is advancing from the west. the people of hawaii, and it is the least populated of the main islands, the least touristy of the island, one of the most beautiful, in my opinion. it is going to get hit first by the tsunami. the tsunami is likely to take, according to emergency management officials, 20 minutes to 30 minutes to sweep across hawaii. we're hoping that it will be small but it could take a very long time. think about that, 20 minutes to 30 minutes of
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water sweeping around you and maybe over you. that is a long period of time to be enduring a tsunami. there after, the west coast of the united states in places like california and oregon, people are bracing for that. there's a warning in effect. a warning means an imminent threat as opposed to a watch, which simply means a threat. so this is an imminent threat. did i speak with a seismologist, geologist at the university of california berkeley several times this morning. he was bowled over by this thing and says he's never seen anything quite like this before. he did advise that people in the coastal areas in california, from san diego north to laguna beach, santa barbara all the way up to san francisco, if you're close to the water be smart and move away. brian and steve.
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>> while you were talking about hawaii -- if you're just joining us, japan has been hit by a gigantic earthquake. 8.9, the largest since records started in skwraefplt what you're looking -- started in japan. what you're looking at is a giant tsunami wave, sweeping with it cars, boats and people. hawaii is getting ready for a tsunami wave. now we understand a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit haoeufpl as residents get ready. no reports of injuries. it happened just before 11:00 thursday. in addition to waiting for the tsunami wave, hawaii was hit by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake. >> there's been at least ten after shocks, this
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woman has been living through the earthquake. where were you when it hit? what are you doing now? >> i was at home at the time it hit. we were staying at home at the moment. there were a lot of after shocks. we were trying to see whether this was going to get bigger or not. >> as you felt the after shock, it was the afternoon, we understand when it hit. what has happened since as you walk outside and look around? do you see damage in tokyo? >> in the area i'm in, there is no damage. nothing huge. at the time when it happened, there were people in the streets screaming because you couldn't stand up at all. everybody was crouched down in the streets. >> you've lived there for awhile. how is this earthquake different from the others.
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this is the largest since they've started keeping record in japan. >> i have never felt anything like this before. we get a lot of earthquakes. normally with earthquakes, you can feel it. for a few seconds there is the shake. it builds up and dies quickly. today it kept growing and getting bigger and bigger. >> how long? >> it felt like it must have been gone on for at least two minutes. there was just shaking. >> there have been at least 19 after shocks. how many of those sruflt? >> all of them. especially the one after the earthquake hit. it was really big. everything started shaking and falling off the -- i only why you have the started putting theupbgd back on the sh*els and then everything started falling again. >> the prime minister has been on the air trying to
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address the nation. help each other out. do you feel the communication has been good? have you lines been up? if you put on the tv, do you see anything? >> we did get tsunami and earthquake warnings on the tv. it did say when the tsunami was going to hit. they gave exact times. the cell phones were all down and i wasn't able to use my cell phone for at least two hours. even now it's sporadic. i'm getting some calls coming in. i can get international calls. >> we also understand that transportation is down p. if you want to hop on a train, forget it. >> a friend of mine has been evacuated. they're saying she won't be able to come home because trains aren't moving at all. they don't seem to have any food. they're trying to get ahold of food and water. >> i know if our producers
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have those images of the run on food in japan, we put them up a little while ago. it showed an absolute may lay at the -- melee at the grocery store. some person had 50 eggs they were trying to check out at the checkout area. we know japan has good engineering, one of the reasons all of the tall towers in japan are still standing. but talk a little bit about your personal preparation. what sort of things do they tell you to have on hand. we heard from one of bryan's friends, and he said they had bike helmets on the kids in case something fell on their heads from inside the house. >> with children, they always tell you to keep helmets in case of earthquakes. we always have mineral
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water on hand and dry food on hand as well. they always say in earthquakes you should hide under a table. >> or a door way. >> when it actually happens, you lose all instincts and you don't remember that at all. with me, i forgot about that and froze on the spot. >> for folks looking at the tv screen, we're sharing some of the twitter pictures people sent of the images they were observing of what happened in japan this morning. >> some of the pictures you see when those waves are hitting, it almost looks like special effects in a movie. they say it is sindie, a coastal area of about a million people. that is where you see boats and people pushed on to a major highway.
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as the earthquake is felt everywhere there could be devastation to buildings. >> this is a new image. it looks like an airport terminal. as you can see, in the upper right-hand portion of the screen you can see the pacific ocean, i do believe. then you can see the degree pwraoe that's -- then you can see the debris swept from the pacific and whatever is between the ocean and the terminal is in the parking lot. you can see a jumble of the cars down below. i don't even see the airplanes. where are the airplanes in that picture? >> this came in right after it happened. i guess somehow they were able to monitor it. we understand the thing different about this tsunami and over in haiti there is a lot of help on the way. we had our military teams, 13 search and rescue teams. they say they stand ready to help japan.
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according to humanitarian assistance located in geneva. the u.s. military just released a statement about u.s. forces in the asian pacific region. all resources of the navy's seventh fleet are being sent to aid with the relief effort and recovery. >> we just had an e-mail to us, they are planning on evacuating some of our marines. we just got a statement that read in part the marine corps bases in japan has evacuated residents living in low-lying areas on camp foster, lower camp wesley to a facility at least 20 feet or 30 feet. they say at that time these marines have not been directed to provide assistance. but because of the tsunami warning they have activated their base operation center to continue to monitor the
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situation and coordinate the marine corps actions. just for some specifics about the navy seventh fleet which you had just mentioned, the ships in port yokasuka made adjustments they water level. no damage has been done to the ships. ships in guam, you have 72 which is the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force continues to be without power and is operating from a generator. that is the maritime patrol and recon force. the amphibious force, headquarters in white beach, okinawa, they have moved their watch to higher ground at kadina air force base in okinawa. they are getting ready and making sure everybody is
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safe. we just hear now that the u.s. embassy in tokyo is going to be closed for the rest of the business day. they put out a note to anybody that's interested. it says american citizens in japan need to be listening to local news reports, checking with local authorities and contacting their neighborhood evacuation centers. they say if you've got access to the internet or contact information, here in washington watching people just waking up to this. we had calls to the white house, the pentagon and the state for further information. we're going to bring it to you as soon as we have it. >> from the military perspective, we're seeing devastating shots of what life is like in japan right now. and some of the damage this earth has done. you see cuts in the grounds. you see the holes where the ground has shifted. >> you're saying the marines went to camp areas.
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to the best of our knowledge, do you believe all u.s. personnel are safe in japan? >> the report that we have from the navy seventh fleet which is our men and women in the navy, in east asia, no reported injuries of any of their personnel and also no reported damage at this time to any of their assets. that is an e-mail from jeff davis, the commander and public affairs officer for the seventh fleet. nothing reported at this time. if we hear differently we will tell you guys about it. >> thank you very much. we understand the white house probably getting ready with some sort of statement for support for the people of japan. at the same time we have to worry about if you're just waking up, folks, there is a real good possibility of a tsunami wave striking hawaii, probably the island of -- they are estimating it will be two meters or six feet high. they're saying it will hit
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at 7:59 eastern time which is just about two hours from right now. take a look. we showed you a still picture a little while ago of an airport that was absolutely inundated with debris. now take a look at this. you can see this is a surveillance camera from an airport. you can see one of the concourse gates in the lower portion of the screen above the banner. you can see the pacific ocean in the background. you can see all the stuff that was between the pacific and the airport just streaming across. look at this. this is a picture of some of the debris and the aftermath. you can see in the foreground that was probably a parking lot given those lamp posts in the middle there. where are the cars? they are just a jumble. then you've got all that junk, all that debris, who knows what that stuff is. it could be houses, it could be building, it could
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be cars,s boats. >> brian, i just noticed this image, if you're watching on wide screen, on the far left you can see a portion of the runway that has not yet been inundated. whoever took this particular image, it is almost ready to envelope the entire runway at that airport. we don't know the name of the airport. >> the people of sindie, there's 200 people trapped in various places trying to get out. we're getting a lot of people e-mailing us trying to say what is going on in japan? continue to do that. the entire pacific fleet is on high alert, entire pacific is on high alert after the devastating 8.9 earthquake struck japan overnight. there is a tsunami warning for many of the islands. joining us on the telephone in the philippines, one of
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the first projected that could be hit outside of japan, mike cohen. what are they saying if the tsunami waves are going to hit, when they will hit? >> right about now. they are saying we should start seeing the stpheurbl waves already. -- the initial waves already. a little while ago this was a notice given to the philippine earthquake institute from the japan institute saying initial waves that hit okinawa were not that bad or initial swells they got from monitoring devices. but they are still not taking chances. one of the governors of the albay province basically sent the police force out and told everyone living on the coastal areas if you do not leave, we will arrest you. they are moving people away from the coastal areas. they're telling them just go a kilometer away, which is a little more than a mile, just to be safe even though they're only projecting it at this point to be about a meter high
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when it hits this part of the pacific. at the same time i'm monitoring the situation on the island of guam. most of the evacuation process has taken place. on guam, almost all american citizens, about 180,000 population, they're taking no risks at all. they have evacuated most of the tourists. there's about 30,000 american servicemen living this, that whole area from the philippines as you move east towards the west coast of the united states, that is an american lake. you have the federated states -- many islands do not have hills. these people are evacuating as well from what we're monitoring here in manila. at this moment it is basically across the
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pacific. officials are telling people not to panic. if there is enough warning they can get away from it. the general warning issued is about 100 meters to a kilometer inland to be sure they are on flat ground. if they are on a hill get at least ten feet above the coastal areas. they're telling people do not take pictures, do not go to the beach, do not try to surf. this wave is completely something that they're expecting, but everybody is prepared in this side of the pacific ocean. back to you. >> good job. thanks so much. mike cohen, freelance reporter telling us what is happening in the philippines, one of the areas projected to be hit first after japan. after we examine the devastating effects of the 8.9 earthquake that slammed japan in their afternoon and for us it was the middle of the night. >> as reported from the
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philippines where they are on full alert for a tsunami wave there, they're expecting a tsunami wave of perhaps three feet. however, in hawaii, just about two hours from now they are expecting a wave of perhaps as high as 6 feet. in the meantime it is almost 6:00 in new york city. >> good morning everyone. it is friday, march 11, 2011. thank you for sharing your time. we start with the fox news alert. a deadly and devastating 8.9 earthquake rocked japan overnight. that earthquake triggered a tsunami near tokyo. the entire pacific ocean region under a tsunami warning including the entire west coast of the united states. the biggest worry now is for hawaii. this is stunning video, the aftermath in japan after countless buildings collapsed due to a 13-foot wall of muddy water. 32 people confirmed dead.

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